Head-To-Head Comparison: Cash America International (CSH) vs. The Competition

Cash America International (NYSE: CSH) is one of 27 public companies in the “Consumer Lending” industry, but how does it compare to its peers? We will compare Cash America International to related companies based on the strength of its analyst recommendations, valuation, risk, institutional ownership, profitability, earnings and dividends.


This table compares Cash America International and its peers’ net margins, return on equity and return on assets.

Net Margins Return on Equity Return on Assets
Cash America International 0.87% 0.86% 0.64%
Cash America International Competitors -28.26% -17.28% 0.63%

Earnings & Valuation

This table compares Cash America International and its peers top-line revenue, earnings per share and valuation.

Gross Revenue EBITDA Price/Earnings Ratio
Cash America International N/A N/A 35.76
Cash America International Competitors $564.84 million $92.07 million 15.73

Cash America International’s peers have higher revenue and earnings than Cash America International. Cash America International is trading at a higher price-to-earnings ratio than its peers, indicating that it is currently more expensive than other companies in its industry.


Cash America International pays an annual dividend of $0.32 per share and has a dividend yield of 0.8%. Cash America International pays out 27.1% of its earnings in the form of a dividend. As a group, “Consumer Lending” companies pay a dividend yield of 1.7% and pay out 25.6% of their earnings in the form of a dividend. Cash America International has raised its dividend for 2 consecutive years. Cash America International lags its peers as a dividend stock, given its lower dividend yield and higher payout ratio.

Analyst Ratings

This is a breakdown of recent ratings for Cash America International and its peers, as provided by MarketBeat.com.

Sell Ratings Hold Ratings Buy Ratings Strong Buy Ratings Rating Score
Cash America International 0 0 1 0 3.00
Cash America International Competitors 192 744 1066 58 2.48

Cash America International currently has a consensus price target of $57.00, suggesting a potential upside of 35.07%. As a group, “Consumer Lending” companies have a potential upside of 59.21%. Given Cash America International’s peers higher possible upside, analysts clearly believe Cash America International has less favorable growth aspects than its peers.

Institutional & Insider Ownership

77.6% of shares of all “Consumer Lending” companies are held by institutional investors. 15.2% of shares of all “Consumer Lending” companies are held by insiders. Strong institutional ownership is an indication that large money managers, hedge funds and endowments believe a company will outperform the market over the long term.

Risk and Volatility

Cash America International has a beta of 0.89, indicating that its share price is 11% less volatile than the S&P 500. Comparatively, Cash America International’s peers have a beta of 1.48, indicating that their average share price is 48% more volatile than the S&P 500.


Cash America International peers beat Cash America International on 8 of the 13 factors compared.

Cash America International Company Profile

Cash America International, Inc. provides specialty financial services to individuals through its storefront lending and franchised check cashing locations. The Company offers secured non-recourse loans, referred to as pawn loans, as its primary line of business. The Company is also engaged in originating, arranging, guaranteeing or purchasing consumer loans in some of its locations. The Company also offers check cashing and other ancillary products and services, including money orders, wire transfers and auto insurance. The Company’s franchised check cashing business offers check cashing services through its franchised check cashing centers. The Company provides its services in the United States under the names Cash America Pawn, SuperPawn, Cash America Payday Advance, Cashland and Mr. Payroll. The Company is engaged in pawn lending activities, merchandise disposition activities, consumer loan activities and check cashing and other financial services.

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